Leica SL Camera Boasts Faster Autofocus Than The Best SLRs


Your favorite camera might do well shooting landscapes and slow-moving scenes. When you want to photograph sporting events and fast-paced action scenes, though, you need something that can take snaps before you can blink. That will require something like the Leica SL.

A full-frame mirrorless camera, it boasts the fastest autofocus of any camera in the market (less than 110 milliseconds), all while capturing snaps at a full 24 megapixels of resolution. That means, you’ll be set up to take a properly-framed shot in no time, allowing you to bang out more high-quality images of fast-paced action than the guy carrying a full-sized DSLR two seats over.


Know how mirrorless cameras, even those aimed at professionals, are usually kind of compact and somewhat lightweight? None of those apply to the Leica SL, as it’s unapologetically big and heavy even before you pop a lens on. It comes with an electronic viewfinder that, according to the outfit, looks and feels like it’s optical, courtesy of an imperceptible latency time and a 4.4-megapixel resolution. Since it’s electronic, the viewfinder can be brightened for better visibility, making it ideal for use in unfavorable lighting conditions.


Specs include ISO sensitivity range of 50 to 50,000, 1/8000 shutter speed, burst shooting at 11 fps, 4K video capture, and dual SD slots. It comes in a rugged chassis milled from a solid block of aluminum, with multiple seals that render it impenetrable to dust, water, and moisture.

Slated for release in early 2016, the Leica SL is priced starting at $7,450.

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